WWE has fired John Laurinaitis.
PWInsider reports that his termination happened within the last week or so and it was kept quiet to just a small number of people.
Laurinaitis had been with the company since March 2001 after the purchase of WCW. A couple of months later he was promoted to the Director of Talent Relations and in 2009 he became the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations.
He also appeared off and on camera in authority roles and he was featured regularly on the E! series “Total Bellas” with his wife Kathy and daughters-in-law Nikki and Brie Bella.
Laurinaitis was named in a Wall Street Journal report that broke back in June, revealing an investigation by WWE’s board of directors into hush money payments made by former chairman and CEO Vince McMahon to former female employees that had alleged abuse, misconduct, and harassment at the hands of McMahon and Laurinaitis. The initial hush money payment that was brought to the board’s attention was a former WWE paralegal who, according to the WSJ report, was passed between McMahon and Laurinaitis “like a toy.” After the news broke, Laurinaitis was put on administrative leave.
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WWE Has Fired John Laurinaitis